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Physical education advocates push to keep federal funding

The Physical Education for Progress Grant (PEP) is one program that is threatened to be cut with the president's wartime budget cuts, according to a Washington Post story.

The Physical Education for Progress Grant (PEP) is one program that is threatened to be cut with the president's wartime budget cuts, according to a Washington Post story. In the Jan. 6 story, the paper wrote: "Overall education spending would remain frozen at about $50 billion, the same as in 2002, after doubling over the previous six years.The president even proposes doing away with a school-based physical education initiative named for a former aide to Sen. Ted Stevens (Alaska), the top Republican on the Senate Appropriations Committee." The P.E.4Life pro-school PE group asks supporters to join. (Go to You can also email Capitol Hill by going to and following the links to NASPE's communication tool called CAP WIZ.


PE Day lobbying event pushes to keep federal funding for youth fitness

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Industry company owners and CEO signatures needed to preserve federal funding

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SGMA to march up Capitol Hill for annual P.E. Day

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Federal PEP grants can spread the fitness word and add business

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Schools tap federal grants to buy fitness equipment for PE

PE class is no longer about standing in the outfield or waiting for a turn at kickball. With the new PE, kids have the chance to hop on a treadmill, lift weights, take step classes, or track improvement with a heart rate monitor -- thanks partly to a federal grant program that more